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Doors open to Bangor University archives and museum collections


Open Doors Event - ArchivesThe Archives Department will be open as a part of the Open Doors events on Saturday 16 September.


The University’s Archives Department will be providing visitors with a feast of manuscripts. There will be the opportunity to discuss the variety of archival collections that are held by the University before being guided to the Council Chamber Corridor to view the 2016 exhibition, “Hedd Wyn”. Booking is essential due to limited spaces. The English session will be held between 10.00am-11.00am whilst the Welsh session will be held between 11.30am-12.30pm.

There is also the opportunity to visit the University’s Natural History Museum, and guided tours of the University’s Main Arts Building. More information about these events can be found here.

If you are interested in attending the talks at the Archives, booking in advance is necessary. You can do this by telephoning 01248 383276 or email archives@bangor.ac.uk.


Congratulations to Heledd Haf Williams, Archives Assistant, on being accepted as a member of the National Eisteddfod this year. Well done!”

Heledd Haf Williams

Eisteddfod 2017

Eisteddfod 2017

Visitors to the Eisteddfod were able to see two original manuscripts by the poet Hedd Wyn last Friday. Taking part in the meeting on Bangor University’s stall were Huw Garmon, the actor who played Hedd Wyn in the 1992 film and Gerald Williams the nephew of Hedd Wyn.

We have changed the way electronic articles from the British Library are delivered.

Interlibrary Loan articles supplied by the British Library are now being delivered using DRM Lite article delivery which offers some advantages to the previous system:

  • There is no longer a need to install plugins to access documents

  • Documents will be locked to a person (rather than a computer), so you can open documents on any machine with internet access

  • Documents can now be opened on mobile devices and saved to flash drives so you are no longer restricted to using a PC

For further information and guidance, please consult our Inter-Library Loans page or contact us by email at ill@bangor.ac.uk or by phone on 01248 383048

Print Journal Usage

Newer issues of journals will now have a slip on the cover asking you to tick a box every time you use the journal.

Your cooperation would be much appreciated, as we are doing this to compile an accurate picture of print journals which are actually being used.

Exhibition - Hedd Wyn

Hedd WynBangor University Archives & Special Collections is commemorating the centenary of the death of Hedd Wyn with an exhibition celebrating the life, work and legacy of the Welsh poet and soldier who died on the first day of the Battle of Passchendaele on 31 July 1917.

On display are some of his pieces including a draft of the ode “Yr Arwr” which he planned to enter for the Chair Competition of the National Eisteddfod to be held in Birkenhead, 1917.

Also on display is Hedd Wyn’s letter “Rhiwle yn Ffrainc,” which was written about 5 weeks before the National Eisteddfod in Birkenhead, in which he describes life "behind the lines" of the Western Front.

The exhibition is on display from June 5th until December 15th 2017 in the Council Chamber Corridor of the Main Arts Building.

We will also be promoting the exhibition at the Bangor University tent on Friday the 11th August at the National Eisteddfod 2017

Archives Exhibition

Polly Wilton, a volunteer with the Archives and Special Collections, has been busy creating an exhibition based on a postcard of Bangor. Pop to the Shankland reading room in the Library to view her 3D model which recreates the scene and pick up a leaflet that reveals the story behind the postcard.

Polly Wilton


Thank you very much:

Alexandra Wuergler (Senior Ambassador)

Ankita Goyal     

Finvola Dunphy                  

Laurence Jones

Thandiwe Mphoka

..for helping the Library & Archives Service improve our services for students.

We will be looking for new library ambassadors for next year, if you are interested, e-mail: libsupport@bangor.ac.uk and we'll send you an applicaton pack in September 2017

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Staff Training Sessions

The library and archives service are delivering a number of training sessions for research staff and postgraduate students during semester 1.
See more details here:

Research Staff

Postgraduate Students

New Loan Periods and Borrowing Entitlements:
Bangor University staff and students

We’ve reviewed and simplified our standard loan periods and increased the number of items most library users can borrow at a time.

From 25th August 2016, entitlements will be:

  No. of items Standard Loan Period
Undergraduates 15 4 weeks*
(Masters & Research)
30 4 weeks*
University staff
(Academic & Support)
30 4 weeks*
External Borrowers 6 2 weeks

Please remember that all loans are subject to recall, and due dates will be reduced if a borrowed item is wanted by another library user.

*Standard loan items which have not been recalled by another user will be auto-renewed for a further 4 week loan period 7 days before they are due (NB auto-renewals do not apply to loans to external borrowers).

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